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Sunday, 9 July 2023

Hall Farm Large Lake

Club match/outing

1st Mark Halverson 129lbs 13oz
2nd Gary Pickard 118lbs
3rd Phil Whitmill 114lbs 2oz

Club match/outing
Club match/outing

Gary's day

Hall Farm had a busy week with Sunday's match being the third in 5 days - would the fishing hold up?
The weather gods were kind to us: warm, a bit of cloud, light wind and dry. Out of the draw bag came peg 8 again for me, it would be nice to see the other end of the lake. But with us all having a bit of room it looked like it would be a pretty fair match.

With Mark on peg 4 into a fish before I had a rig in the water the pressure was on. I had a great first hour on hard pellets at 4 sections before they backed off. A few fish had been showing on the top so it was time to try shallow. With searching around the feed area a few fish kept coming but far too many were slipping the hook. Every fish was going nuts - they have definitely woken up after the long cols spring - and would not give up until in the net.

At the halfway point I was on about 70lbs and hopes were high for a big weight. The second half was hard work, the fish were there in the edges but lots of tree roots made it difficult to get good presentation.
At the weigh in it was again a case of lost fish making all the difference and not just for me. I just pipped Phil but Mark had pulled ahead.

1st Mark Halverson 129lbs 13oz, 2nd Gary Pickard 118lbs and 3rd Phil Whitmill 114lbs 2oz. Photo is Mark with part of his winning catch.

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